During the colder months, it can be difficult to keep your fitness bootcamp class motivated about their training.
The sun goes down sooner, it’s darker in the mornings, and even those instructors with an elaborate indoor setup often find that their numbers dwindle, first during the holidays and then again after those New Year’s resolutions begin to wear off. Adding boxing to your fitness bootcamp is a great way to recharge your training and help your class members find a new way to get motivated.Benefits of Boxing Workouts If your only exposure to boxing comes from watching some of the “Rocky” movies, you might think that a few jogs through the neighborhood and lugging a tree behind you on a chain a few times will prepare you to be next champion. However, real boxing workouts involve considerably more work and benefit the entire body in new ways. If you incorporate boxing workouts for your class members, they will see gains in coordination, agility, muscle tone and overall fitness.
Some weight training workouts can lead to a bulkier physique. However, boxing workouts have no such risk. Because of the high repetitions involved, your class members will see toning instead of growth. The endorphins that a boxing workout releases also empowers your class, helping them to really get into the movements – you’ll see it as they work out. While you’re not teaching a self-defense class, you’re definitely adding confidence and some moxie to each person’s mindset in the class. And they’ll love to brag about it to their friends!
Some people may be a little nervous about starting a boxing workout program, or even incorporating boxing moves into their normal routine. The challenge that can come with punching may be outside their comfort zone. The key here is to teach quick, easy to remember and safe boxing form. Remember, this is bootcamp, people are in a hurry to get in a workout and go about their day. If you point out to your class members that there will be no sparring, that the only activities related to boxing in the class will be cardio-related, you should find that they are ready to start. How to Implement a New Boxing Routine Implementing boxing workouts as a part of your fitness bootcamp doesn’t have to require a significant investment. All you need are mitts, wraps and gloves. you can ask your clients to bring them to the next 3 or 4 week session, or you can absorb the cost and buy 2-3 sets of mitts and gloves. Personally, I had the bootcampers buy their own open fingered gloves and I bought the mitts. Get used to investing in your bootcamp business for long term growth. Purchases like these are wise business strategies and they pay for themselves in the long run.
You will also want to add exercises that prepare your class members for boxing. Once you teach the proper form, you’ll want to incorporate body weight exercises, such as lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, jump rope and core work. Pair up your bootcampers by relative strength and experience, and teach them partner drills with mitts (you’ll want to have these on hand ahead of time). For people who are still struggling a bit in terms of form, or at sessions when you have an odd number of class participants, shadow boxing drills are a great way to get that cardio work in while making sure that form and aim are correct. You’ll want to pay a lot of attention to each class member’s form so that injury is not a risk.
As with adding any other new type of exercise to the work that your fitness bootcamp does, it’s important to be ready to motivate your clients so that the new routine brings the benefits that you’re looking for. The more ways you can help your clients improve their fitness, the more successful your bootcamp will be.